DMARDs, a Guide to Monitoring Requirements

Tests for patients on disease-modifying arthritis drugs.

Remind yourself of the monitoring requirements for disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs with the MIMS DMARDs table

This table summarises the ongoing tests advised for patients taking the DMARDs azathioprine, chloroquine, ciclosporin, hydroxychloroquine, leflunomide, methotrexate, penicillamine, sodium aurothiomalate (gold) or sulfasalazine.     

Tests include:

  • full blood counts
  • liver function tests
  • ophthalmological examination
  • renal function and urinalysis
  • blood pressure
  • serum lipids
  • chest x-ray
  • plasma drug levels

The recommended frequency of testing is also noted in the table.

Brand names link through to the full MIMS entries for more detailed prescribing information on each product.

Go to the MIMS DMARDs table

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